I am the biggest headphone cable non-believer. It never made sense that the original mfg., with extensive R&D, couldn't make a great cable to go with $1,000 cans. Heck they provide FR Graphs with the cans.
The R2's arrived with great expectations. I was underwhelmed. I kept listening thinking it would get better. It didn't. t was also thinking "Didn't the R1's sound better?" I was ignoring it until last night. I plugged in the R1's. I was right. They sounded better. A lot better.
I couldn't put my finger on it until I swapped cables. (This is coming from a guy that thinks cables are BS)
Both the factory R1 cable and the Q-cable made the R2 cans sound significantly better than the "new" LCD2 flat cable. (The R1 and the Q-cable sounded about the same) With the flat factory cable the R2's were .... lost...stale... no beauty. blah. I couldn't believe it. …..
Still the R1's (cans) sounded better to me. I think the R2's need to be broken in. .. I hope. I have them on nonstop pink noise now.
The difference was striking to me.
I played the same 30 seconds of the Dead, Box of Rain, remastered flac. Swapping R1 & R2 cables Back and forth. If you know the tune the entry is very strong acoustic guitar and bass that just smacks your ears. The R2, with the stock cable was wimpy. Just bad.
The R2 with the R1 cable a lot better but not all the way. I couldn't hear a difference with the Q-cable either way.
Has anyone else had this experience?
Do the R2's get better after a break in period?
Yeah ... the same here when i first heard them, i thought the sound was the same as my T1 just harder and sharper with closed in sound stage ... i was expecting a veryyy smooth and detailed sound but instead it was very close to the T1 ... i remember being a bit disappointed cause i had high hopes for them, then i remembered the burn-in period and with desperation i played a combination of harsh treble and hard bass files through them ( the same burn-in method for my T1 and my previous headphones as well) for about 3-4 days ...... after that I knew what the fuss was all about, the sound kept getting smoother and the details pops up more until now ( i don't if my ears are adjusting but i keep discovering new details every couple of weeks ). Yes, this is the weirdest burn-in period that i went through. Denons, beyerdynamics and most headphones usually get brighter and smoother but the Audeze were getting darker and smoother without losing the details.
powerful amp + good source + LCD-2 = UNLIMITED sound quality. All i can say is they deliver the most natural and non-fatiguing sound I've ever heard in a headphone.